The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail (InterVarsity Press/Likewise) by Margot Starbuck won the Golden Scroll Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA). The Golden Scroll winners were announced at the AWSA's annual banquet held on Sunday, July 10, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.
The AWSA, which consists of more than 300 top female communicators who both publish and speak nationally, called the book "a cleverly written, poignant memoir regarding the author's search for a true 'father who does not fail.'"
InterVarsity Press joins the AWSA in celebrating Starbuck's unique voice and the important message she shares through her work. "Margot is a wonderful storyteller and narrates with a delightful self-effacing comic voice," Cindy Bunch, associate editorial director and the book's editor, said. "But what makes this memoir stand out among others is her pastoral heart for readers who are also searching for a father who will not fail. For these readers she points the way to the very heart of God."
Starbuck is grateful that IVP recognized her story as one worth telling and for the embrace and encouragement of the AWSA. Perhaps, however, she is most grateful for what her story has meant to so many others. "I've heard from a number of readers that, although the details of our stories are decidedly different, The Girl in the Orange Dress has resonated with their own longings to be loved by One who does not fail," Starbuck said. "In this way, my story is one of many that bear the mark of Christ's work in binding up the brokenhearted."
Starbuck is also the author of the forthcoming Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor (January 2012) and Unsqueezed: Springing Free from Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights and Stilettos (May 2010).